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ActiveBatch V6 Enterprise Job Scheduling Software Offers Direct Support For Crystal Reports®, 64-Bit Solaris/Linux Systems

Release date: 10/9/2007

New Execution Agents, Crystal Reports Job Library Expand Job Scheduling Platform’s Support For Latest Enterprise Computing Environments 

PARSIPPANY, NJ – (October 9, 2007) – Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), a leading provider of system software solutions that enhance Windows™, UNIX, Linux and OpenVMS systems, today announced the immediate release of an update for ActiveBatch® Version 6, the company’s popular, enterprise-class job scheduling software.  Among the update’s improvements is an expanded job library that offers first-time, broad-based support for Crystal Reports, the world’s leading reporting tool.  Also included is a series of new execution agents supporting not only Sun Solaris for the Intel platform, but also several new 64-bit operating systems—Solaris 64-bit, Linux 64-bit (Red Had and SUSE) and Windows Itanium 64-bit.
           
“ActiveBatch is increasingly seen not only as a productivity tool, but a mission-critical strategic business asset that delivers value across an organization,” said Jim Manias, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Advanced Systems Concepts.  “By adding support for Crystal Reports, a world standard for business reporting, as well as the latest 64-bit computing environments, ActiveBatch is maintaining its place at the front of the batch processing software field.”
           
Advanced Systems Concepts’ update to ActiveBatch Version 6 also adds username/password-based SMTP email authentication, enabling IT admins to maintain security for outgoing email notifications.
 
Crystal Reports
ActiveBatch Version 6’s support for Crystal Reports allows users to specify and trigger reports on any recent version of the ubiquitous business intelligence reporting software, including the current Version XI.  The updated job library in ActiveBatch Version 6 supports triggers for Crystal Reports within existing ActiveBatch, Database, File Operations, FTP, email, and other scheduled jobs.
           
Now, ActiveBatch users can pass a wide range of data to Crystal Reports, then output reports in a variety of formats including PDF documents and Excel spreadsheets.  “With our previous Crystal Reports scheduler, the scheduler would fail without notification and we wouldn’t know until someone complained about not getting the output of the job.  Fixing these instances could often take more time and energy than scheduling the job had saved,” noted Tony Purkins, Business Systems Report Administrator of ASM International in Materials Park, Ohio.  “The Crystal Reports job library for ActiveBatch truly allows us to combine our reporting needs with other functions of our business, both on the back end and end-user level.  This particular feature has taken over 120 scheduled jobs in our old system, down to just one in ActiveBatch—something I could not achieve with any other software.”
 
64-Bit Support
To provide seamless operation in the fastest, most powerful production environments today, ActiveBatch Version 6 now supports a broader range of 64-bit operating systems. 

In addition to its existing support for Windows 64-bit and Tru64 systems, ActiveBatch adds execution agents for Windows Itanium 64-bit as well as Solaris 64 bit and Linux 64-bit, in both Red Hat and SUSE flavors.  Sun Solaris for Intel has also been added. 

“64-bit systems are obviously the computing platform of the future.  ActiveBatch continues its expansion into this landscape through these new execution agents, which will allow for jobs and applications to operate under these more powerful hardware platforms,” Manias stated.

Other ActiveBatch execution agents support operation under 32-bit Windows, Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and OpenVMS Alpha and Itanium environments.
 
Availability
The updated ActiveBatch Version 6 is now available for licensing as well as by automatic upgrade for companies participating in ASCI’s ActiveBatch Version Upgrade program.  For more information, or to obtain a license quote on ActiveBatch Version 6 job scheduling, log on to www.advsyscon.com.

About Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.:
Headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. offers many software products and options for users of Microsoft Windows, UNIX, Linux, and HP OpenVMS systems. These products provide answers to software developers and system managers with improved system efficiency and utilization. Advanced Systems Concepts today has over 200,000 licenses installed and a worldwide
base of customers in 27 countries around the world. Advanced Systems Concepts is a Microsoft Independent Solution Vendor, a HP/Compaq Business Partner, a Sun Catalyst member, an IBM Business Partner and an HP-UX Power Partner. For more information, see the company’s website at http://www.advsyscon.com or call (800) 229-2724.

Copyright © 2007 Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.  ActiveBatch is a registered trademark of Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.  Other company and/or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective firms.

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